After DJing In And Around Manchester, DJ T2Funk Found The Early 2020 Lockdown Provided Him With Time And A Creative Freedom To Explore His Record Collection And Link Up With Renown Manchester Record Producer To Form The T Funk Collective. The Debut Release Fuses Hip Hop, Funk, Party Breaks And Plenty More Into A Pair Of Authentic Old School Sounds. Side A: ‘Listen To The Sound’ Offers A Unique Take On A Block Party Classic. Based Around A Classic Synth MSM Have Added More Melodic And Soulful Layers, Snapping Drums And Funky Basslines With DJ Stet And DJ Deviant Cutting Up The Vocals To Culminate In A Melting Pot Of Melodic Flavour. Side B: ‘That Beat’ Is A Funkier, Harder Hitting Party Vibe Track With Its Compressed Guitar, Driving Basslines And Vocal Hooks With Big Horns.
Pale Spring wrote and recorded CYGNUS in Baltimore, whose fertile music scene has seen acts like Lower Dens, Ami Dang and Beach House build rich, self-contained worlds of sound. CYGNUS expands on this foundation, with stately, smooth pop songs incorporating layered harmonies, glitches, and, on "Old Sounds" dog barks. Music runs in Harper Scott's family: a classically trained musician herself, her grandfather studied at Juilliard under his uncle, who played for the New York Philharmonic.
Scott's grandfather sang doo wop, and his influence paved the way for Scott to explore music; eventually, he taught himself how to sample. His accompaniment provides an underpinning for Harper Scott's vocals and instrumentals. Critics noticed CYGNUS when it first came out last year, with glowing reviews in Bandcamp, Tiny Mix Tapes and DAZED. American Dreams Records' vinyl reissues of CYGNUS and DUSK mark the first time they've been made widely available as physical media.
Conceptually, Pale Spring attempts to reconcile contradictions in the human condition: healing from, and feeling comforted by, depression and generational trauma. Harper Scott writes songs that relate "intensely personal accounts" and "the images that haunt my dreams." DUSK abounds with wounds, breaks and bodies; characters yearn, make love, bare themselves. These songs have a dreamlike quality, existing outside of time; their simultaneous spareness, richness and languor belies the pair's intricate collaboration.
"Songwriting and producing are interconnected processes for me," Harper Scott says. Often songs incorporate bits of old ones, as on album closer "Dark," which revolves around an outtake from their sessions for CYGNUS. Here and throughout the record, Harper Scott elasticizes syllables: "Give me a space that I can call sacred," she sings, and just as her harmonies suggest the song's chord progressions, the song suggests such a space.
Run The Jewels, the lauded duo of El-P and Killer Mike, release their feverishly anticipated new album, Run The Jewels 4. This eleven song, 40 minute powerhouse is their more ferocious and focused effort to date, and sports a lineup of all-star guests including Pharrell Williams, Mavis Staples, 2 Chainz, Zack de la Rocha, Josh Homme, DJ Premier and Greg Nice. Recorded primarly at Rick Rubin’s Shangri-La Studios and the iconic Electric Lady Studios in NYC, RTJ4 represents two years of intensive writing, recording, distilling and amplifying the most potent elements of their music. The result is a collection of wall-to-wall bangers illuminating the group’s unique ability to straddle the worlds of pointed social commentary and raw, boisterous fun.
hannas barber are Dan Rambaut, Simon Richardson & Ed Martin. hannas barber formed in leeds 1995 & comprises ed martin aka edv3ctor, simon richardson (vj vitascope) & dan rambaut (the bard of crouch hill). they are a non genre specific freeform, folkart band w/ tentacles that cross the divide between hip hop samplerdelia, motorik grooves, electronic minimalist & full fat experimentalism. now split between england & scotland, the group still refuses to be categorised & have releases on the defunct dalriada & their own instant action object imprint.
A foundation of hip hop featuring ‘Apache’, Kool Herc’s ‘national anthem of hip hop’. Sampled by Nas, Kanye West, Sugarhill Gang, Jay-Z, Aphex Twin, DJ Shadow to name a few. Special Limited Edition Silver Pressing for RSD 2021.
This is the debut album from Algernon Cornelius, the son of Irish and Jamaican immigrants – he is a rapper, producer and multi-instrumentalist from Leeds, currently residing in sunny Manchester. Notable throughout both Leeds and Manchester’s DIY scenes, he’s shared stages with the likes of Armand Hammer, Moor Mother, Cakes Da Killa, Shabazz Palaces and The Bug, in addition to performing at Gilles Peterson’s We Out Here Festival and producing for R.A.P. Ferreira and Pijn.
Limited edition of 35 copies worldwide, only available in physical form.
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